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Rumored Cameo May Be Biggest Spoiler Yet For Dark Knight Rises

Warning: Potentially major spoilers about The Dark Knight Rises can be found below.

Fans have been searching feverishly for more than a year for the tiniest clues as to what secretive director Christopher Nolan might have planned for The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion of his Batman trilogy. Those bread crumbs have led us, at various times, to such wildly different — and apparently incorrect — villains as Killer Croc, The Riddler, Alberto Falcone and even a resurrected Joker, and a potential storyline involving Talia al Ghul as the leader of the League of Shadows. The jury’s still out on that last one.

All we know for certain is what Nolan and Warner Bros. have told us, and that’s the official casting announcements: Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle, Tom Hardy as Bane, Marion Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as beat cop John Blake. The latter two aren’t entirely convincing — some have speculated they’re covers for juicier roles — but that’s pretty much it. Oh, and that Christian Bale and Josh Pence, who’s believed to be playing a young Ra’s al Ghul, filmed scenes in Jodhpur, India, where something was constructed that looks suspiciously like a Lazarus Pit.

But now word has surfaced of a surprise cameo that will either cement what you suspected of the plot to The Dark Knight Rises or send you running back to the drawing board. This is your final warning: Potential major spoilers follow!



According to HitFix, Liam Neeson, who of course portrayed Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins, was spotted shooting a scene Monday in London. Y’know, the same Liam Neeson who, in March denied rumors that he would reprise his role as Bruce Wayne’s mentor turned nemesis in the upcoming film.

Neeson’s appearance, which may be brief considering that he was in New York City last night, could be in a flashback, perhaps lending even more credence to persistent rumors that Talia al Ghul plays a central role in The Dark Knight Rises. Or, as HitFix’s Drew McWeeny suggests, it could mean that Nolan is taking a surprising plunge into the supernatural by Ra’s emerge, in the present, from the Lazarus Pit. But where would that leave Pence, pegged as the young Demon’s Head?

Of course, there’s at least one other option: that Neeson is a red herring to throw everyone off the scent.

The Dark Knight Rises, which also stars Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman, opens on July 20, 2012.


  • Lunatics On Pogosticks

    Resurrected Joker?…..the Joker didnt die in the dark knight.

  • Lick me everywhere

    What if it’s just a flashback to Bruce training? 

  • Ryan

    I hope he goes in the pit and a younger actor comes out. That’d be great.

  • Podmoj40

    THE MAIN VILLAIN IS BANE!! Seriously, nobody did this much speculation over other villains when the Joker was announced as a villain in The Dark Knight! Why would people want to try to continuously believe that a lame and boring character like Talia is gonna be in this movie when Nolan is giving us awesome future interpretations of fucking Bane and Catwoman?!

  • Jmcreer

    I doubt it – I’d say it’s a flashback to a big reveal in which Miranda Tate is revealed as Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter.  I can see it now – Miranda revealing to Bruce Wayne that she is not just an ordinary board member but his nemesis’ daughter, and with her recently wrangled control of the board she’ll use the power to destroy Bruce Wayne, and prevent him from funding his role as Batman.  Sounds like something Nolan would do.

  • Mak

    I agree Jmcreer. I was thinking the same.

  • Keith Bowden

    Bane is one of the lamest characters ever created for Batman.  I really hope his role is relatively minor, in spite of the hype.  (That said, I’m sure Nolan will make him interesting.)

  • Bunx05

    My thoughts exactly. Don’t forget that Liam Neeson was originally cast as a character named Ducard who trained a younger Bruce in BB.

  • Nilla

    Lame? He systematically exhausted Batman and then beat him both mentally and physically. Broke his back. Made him retire. Knightfall was a fantastic story line, and still one of my favorites. 

  • Wasted_life_on_Batman

    Definitely NOT the Lazarus Pit!! Christopher Nolan would not stoop to such a far fetched, unrealistic concept; just as he made the Joker a simple mad man with makeup, instead of a disturbed man fallen into a vat of chemicals. If Leam Neeson truly did make a cameo appearance, it’s most likely a flashback, and not a resurrection. I watched the crash over and over again in “Batman Begins” an unless he somehow escaped a few seconds before the fall and a few seconds after Batman escaped, which may also be too far fetched for Christopher, he could not have survived it.

  • Guest

    Why not supernatural? To think that he hasn’t dabbled in that area? The Prestige anyone? That revelation at the end isn’t exactly science.

  • Charlie

    the riddler better be in this, kind of a middle finger to the majority of the fan base if hes not, i mean anne hathaway is a cool idea for catwoman, but bane?? who gives a fuck.

  • Mak

    A Guy who get’s people using riddles in a Christopher Nolan Bat-Flick? LOL… Yeah…. Good Luck With That.

  • Watstha

    the actor who played the joker died

  • Kkwickweezy

    bane is a sick villian u dumb asses.. the only villian besides joker to actually kill sum1 or atleast end there career